The animal kingdom is the most common place that schools go to when seeking a mascot name. Eagles, Tigers, Bulldogs, Wildcats, Panthers, Lions, Mustangs and Cougars are just some of the names that fall in America's 15 most common.
And then there are some very unique animal names that only one school in the nation chose to go with, like Pugs, SaberCats, Horned Toads, Sea Hawks, Quetzal and Steelheads.
Donkeys are certainly popular in that most people have seen one before or at least know they exist. Yet only one school in the nation chose the animal as its mascot:
Bray-Doyle (Bray, Okla.)
The Donkeys aren't there to be mocked. One look at the biceps on the mascot logo should stop anybody from making references to the Shrek movies or the fact that donkeys can also be called asses.
The mascot logo shows a fierce looking animal with biceps that would make an NFL player jealous. That mean teeth-gritting look makes it obvious that they weren't trying to be silly when the school chose the mascot name.
Or maybe they were. The word "bray" can be defined as a sound resembling a donkey, and the bray can last for 20 seconds and be heard up to 3 km away.
Donkeys are domesticated members of the horse family and have been used worldwide for thousands of years to help humans in agriculture and transportation. They're known as stubborn animals with a penchant for survival in harsh conditions and can be quite intelligent.
Bray-Doyle loves being the "Home of the Donkeys" and it just takes a little research to find out why it wasn't a bad idea at all. At first glance it doesn't seem like Donkeys is one of the better animal names to choose, but for a town like Bray it's perfect.